Knockout football is the focus for Huddersfield Town Ladies.
And after a 3-2 defeat by Bradford City in the second round of the FA Women’s Cup, they aim to bounce back by beating Barnsley in the quarter-finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA’s competition at Storthes Hall on Sunday (1.00).
Town went down to a late Bradford penalty after an exciting tie on a poor pitch at Thackley.
There were chances at either end during a busy opening.
City went ahead with a breakaway goal in the 16th minute.
And Town were undone again in the 27th, when after a short back pass, keeper Laura Carter lost out in a 50:50.
Carter had to come off with a leg injury, leaving Alarna Fuller to go in goal. But Town still hit back strongly.
A minute later a precise through ball from Sammy Conroy was met by Debbie Hastings, who outpaced the Bradford defence to score.
And in the 43rd minute, Hastings was pushed down when clean through and Emily Heckler levelled from the penalty spot.
The second half was scrappy, and both sides had chances.
Camille Clarke made an outstanding goal-saving tackle in the 69th minute.
Then her Town teammate Katie Lockwood had a strong shot well saved.
Heckler had a penalty appeal turned down before a rash challenge by Conroy led to a Bradford spot kick, which was put away.
Town’s second team are at home to Sheffield FC in the FA Women’s Premier League Reserves Northern Division on Sunday (2.00).
The Under 18s were 5-1 winners at Dronfield Town in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Girls League.
Maddie Walsh and Jess Holland got two goals apiece with Sian Lewis scoring the other.
They visit Sheffield United Junior Blades on Saturday (11.00).
The Under 15s made a successful return to action after a string of call-offs.
They were 2-0 home winners over Castleford White Rose.
Town started well and were ahead on six minutes when Rose Priestley’s shot from the edge of the area took a slight deflection to deceive the keeper.
With a strong wind assisting them, Town dominated the first half but were unable to add to that early strike.
Close-range efforts from Amy Broomhead and Jodie Lodge and long-range strikes by Tara Duce and Laura Walker were easily claimed by the Castleford keeper.
The visitors started the second half strongly and twice in the first few minutes Town keeper Isobel Pare made good low saves.
The home defenders were coming under increasing pressure but responded well, with player of the match Isobel Boothroyd outstanding.
The reintroduction of Ella Harris 15 minutes into the second half helped sway the game in Town’s favour.
Harris gave an option going forward and with Priestley pushing up, chances were being created.
The Castleford keeper made a number of good saves before being beaten by Harris, who claimed her 20th goal of the season after being set up by Broomhead.
Rotherham United Whitehill are Saturday’s visitors (10.30).
The Under 13s beat Dronfield Town 10-1.
Courtney Livsey opened the scoring after six minutes. But it took until the 27th to make possession count in the form of a second goal from Livsey.
Macy Ellis netted four minutes later, and Livsey completed her hat trick two minutes before half-time with a strong shot, this time with her left foot.
Player of the match Brodie Haigh was unlucky when her powerful shot crashed back off a post, then Ellis played in Livsey for her fourth.
She grabbed her fifth soon after, then Olivia Burgin made it 7-0 with an excellent finish from distance.
Haigh hammered in a powerful shot, Burgin scored her second, then Molly Ellis netted from close range.
Dronfield scored a consolation goal in the final minute.
Town visit Chesterfield on Saturday (11.00).